Author: Mary Holland

In her role as Chair of the Edwards Performance Solutions Management System, Mary Holland is responsible for developing, maintaining, and improving the Company’s quality management system to support business objectives and to deliver high quality solutions to customers. She ensures alignment with ISO 9001:2015 and CMMI for Services certifications. Mary advises on risk management, reporting, and analysis. Mary also serves as the Edwards Enterprise Management Solution Area Lead. Mary has more than 30 years of experience in program, project, and operations management in scientific and technical organizations, including Edwards, Dell, National Safety Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA. Her experience has spanned corporate, federal and state government, and non-profit sectors. She is a leader, problem-solver, and mentor with a sense of humor. Mary enjoys collaborating with teams and stakeholders to develop strategies and products – through building consensus among participants with disparate views. Mary has a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from The Ohio State University. She is a certified PMP and PMI-ACP. Contact her at mholland@edwps.com.

Understanding Stakeholders’ Approach to Risk

Understanding stakeholders' risk appetite and tolerance is crucial for effective project risk management. Learn how to assess stakeholders' approach to risk through discussions and scenarios, and how to apply the findings to prioritize and refine your risk management plan.

Leading Effective Meetings and Prioritizing Work Demands

Event Description: Do you find yourself in meetings and wonder why you are there? What can you do to change that? How can you keep people from wondering the same thing at your meetings? Leading Effective Meetings and Prioritizing Work Demands offers tips on planning and leading effective meetings. Good meetings don’t end when the scheduled time is up. Consider how to follow up on meeting actions and decisions so the meetings will not be in vain. There is a key takeaway from this session that we too often overlook. Make time for one more meeting to learn about meetings! Presenter Info: Mary Holland is a Program Manager for Edwards Performance Solutions in Maryland. She has more than 30 years of experience in program, project, and operations management in scientific and technical organizations, including Dell, National Safety Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA. Her experience has spanned corporate, federal and state government, and non-profit sectors. She is a leader, problem-solver, and mentor with a sense of humor. Mary enjoys collaborating with teams and stakeholders to develop strategies and products – building consensus among participants with disparate views, gathering information to solve problems, implementing solutions, developing staff, and driving financial results. Mary has a Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University and is a PMP and CSM.   Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]

Tips for the Office Nomad

Employees, especially contractors, often connect with clients based on availability and/or engagement at the client’s worksite. This often means contracted employees are splitting their time between three or more locations – a contractor office, the client site, and home. How can one stay focused, organized, and accessible when working at multiple locations? Like anything, there are benefits and challenges to being an office nomad. Flexibility and communication are key. Technology enables efficient work no matter where one is sitting – assuming the internet works! It’s easy to keep co-workers, the boss, clients, and anyone else who “needs to know,” informed of where you are via Outlook or SharePoint calendars and to access files on network drives or SharePoint. That said, bouncing from location to location takes some special skills. Here are some tricks that have worked for me:   Privacy & Focus – Chances are one or more locations have limited privacy and/or quiet areas. If those elements are necessary or important to you, you may need to improvise. Meeting room reservations, headphones, and car calls may be your friend. Tools – Moving locations presents a physical challenge; you haul belongings back and forth and try to remember which printer to select. A rolling laptop case or a trunk may help organize hard copy files and supplies. A checklist for each office location may help with managing the who, how, and what of office resources. Virtual Collaboration – Although collaboration can be supported by technology, often coworkers think they need to wait for time “in the office” to engage. Skype for Business should soon facilitate more collaboration. Explore ways to use technology for communication with colleagues in different locations. Shared Space Issues – If you are camping out at a conference table, hoteling, or working from someone else’s cubicle, remember to clean up the desk and keyboard before and after each use with wipes. No one likes to work over leftover chip crumbs and a fresh work space will help you get in the zone more quickly! Unwritten Rules – Learn each office’s culture for work hours, dress code, as well as reserving/using space, equipment, and the kitchen. Be conscientious when having conversations, using mobile phones (use the sound settings), and reheating foods with distinct scents. Sense of Belonging/Team – Sometimes it may feel “out of sight, out of mind” or slightly impersonal moving place to place. Stay in touch by attending company and team meetings in person. Even with its challenges, working in multiple locations and maintaining flexibility can be energizing! We’d like to hear from you in the comments. What challenges or tricks have you successfully implemented? I also presented a webinar on the topic of Leading Effective Meetings and Prioritizing Work Demands available on-demand. If you find yourself in meetings and wonder why you are there, this session is for you. It’s also eligible for 0.5 PMI® PDUs in the Power Skills category of the Talent Triangle.